Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine
Series: Finding Fate #1
Published on March 4th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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SOMETIMES MOVING ON MEANS MOVING IN
Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can't. And the damage is done. She's hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there's a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more--until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he's right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she'd long buried . . .
Levi can't believe he's living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple "sorry" won't suffice--not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie's better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she's so close, Pixie's heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear--he can't live without her.
"By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Best Kind Of Broken has become one of my favorites!"
--- CORA CARMACK, New York Times bestselling author of Losing It.
"You'll fall for Pixie and Levi, just like I did!"
--- JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT (J. Lynn), #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait For You
"Tangled with friendship, history and heartbreak--not to mention a huge dose of
humor--Chelsea Fine's New Adult novel is not to be missed! Beyond an
incredibly HOT read, Pixie and Levi's longing for each other will have
you rooting for them till the very end."
--- JAY CROWNOVER, New York Times bestselling author of Rule
"This book destroyed me. Tore me into little tiny pieces. But somehow with
lots of laughs and some very steamy times, Chelsea put me back together
again! Chelsea Fine's style is witty, visceral and fresh. All I wanted
to do was crawl inside this book and live with the characters. And now
all I want is MORE."
--- CHELSEA M. CAMERON, New York Times bestselling author of My Favorite Mistake
"Sandwiched between laugh out loud moments and some serious heat, Best Kind of Broken is an unforgettable story of loss and forgiveness that will leave your heart aching."
--- LISA DESROCHERS, USA Today bestselling author of A Little Too Far
We are so honored to be taking part in the blog tour for Chelsea Fine’s latest novel: Best Kind of Broken! We are huge Chelsea fans here on the blog, and are happy to feature her book, AJ’s 4-Star review, and a GIVEAWAY!! Check it out!
Sweet and funny with a lot of heart, this was a great little read.
Pixie and Levi grew up together and share a long history of happy memories. Levi was always Pixie’s hero, protecting her and being there for her when she needed him, and right when they finally acted on their longstanding feelings for each other, they were horrifically torn apart.
Now, almost a year later, Pixie is on summer vacation following her freshman year in College, and she is spending it staying with her Aunt, and working in her inn in the middle of nowhere. And wouldn’t you know it, also living at the inn as the resident handyman, is Levi. In fact he’s staying in the room right next door to hers and the two of them are even sharing a bathroom.
Both still broken from the events of their past, and having parted badly and not spoken to each other in so long, the easiest way for them to be around each other without dredging up their history is by fighting. So they antagonise the crap out of each other – he uses all of the hot water, she cuts the electricity when he’s in the middle of something, they banter and they argue, and it’s absolutely hilarious, but it’s all just a symptom of the sizzling UST and the raging emotion that they are trying to hide.
“You seem stressed.” Levi, whose jeans are so low on his bare hips that I can tell he’s going commando, tilts his head. “You know what you need? A nice hot shower…oh wait.” He gives me an impish smile.
I might just pee on his bed right now.
“Joke all you want, Levi. But the next time you’re out fixing a broken window or a fire alarm, I will sneak into your room and pee on your bed.”
The impish smile grows. “I can think of better things for you to do in my bed, Pix.”
If his plan was to make me uncomfortable by flirting with me, it totally backfired. Because the second those words left Levi’s mouth, his body stiffened in awareness and the space between us became electric. So now we’re staring at each other’s lips and we’re both breathing heavier than necessary, and neither of us is really dressed.
I shift in my towel and feel the material slip a bit as I pull my eyes from his mouth and try to coax my face into a look of something less come-and-get-me and more ew-you’re-pathetic.
I’m gearing up for my comeback – which will be brilliant and kick-ass as soon as I nail it down – when his eyes drop to my chest, and all the air leaves the room.
The sexual tension is intense, and their banter is fantastic as they battle each other and their growing attraction. And as Pixie and Levi’s history is slowly revealed as they struggle to deal with their pain from the past, my heart ached for both of them as we discover the event that broke them, and we come to understand the continued impact that it has had on both of them. And it’s all tied in beautifully with them coming to realise what they still mean to each other, and it absolutely melted me.
He has me.
He has me when I’m seven years old and scared of monsters. He has me when I’m brokenhearted in the eighth grade because Tommy Marchim won’t take me to the Valentine’s dance. And he has me when I’m nineteen and in the shower with my pyjamas on, searching his eyes for my hero.
He has me.
He’s always had me.
And I’ve never wanted to be had by anyone else.
Written in alternate POV, you can see the love that Pixie and Levi have for each other, but they are both in too much pain to do anything about it, and there is a lot of healing that is needed before they can move on – individually and together. But over one long summer, they finally start to face the past and come to realise what is important to them.
I’m still angry with him, but I follow him through the drizzle anyway. Because this is Levi. This is my hero. And you always follow your heroes, even when you’re mad, even when you’d rather punch them in the mouth. That’s how trust works. It’s blind and unconditional and it takes you places you can’t reach by yourself.
Just like love.
I love Chelsea Fine’s writing! She writes great characters that are utterly loveable, and has a fantastic balance of chemistry-filled romance, humour and heart to her stories. As expected, there is also a great bunch of supporting characters – Jenna and Zack are hilarious, and I’m really looking forward to Daren’s story – and it all blends beautifully to give us a book that had me hooked from start to finish and left me swooning madly, and grinning like an idiot.
“I am yours … Even when you don’t want me. I’m still yours.”
I highly recommend this to anybody who loves a light and fun read with a touch of angsty drama and a beautiful (and slightly hot) romance.
I loved it – 4 stars.
Advanced copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
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